Ensure that your reporting is factual and efficient – INEC to journalists]
Prior to the elections in 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the media to focus on providing accurate and effective reporting.
At a one-day roundtable on “The Role of Mass Media in ensuring a free and fair election for sustainable democracy,” held in Abuja, Mr. Chukwuemeka Ugboaja, INEC's Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity, advised the media to avoid the breaking news syndrome that might not help Nigerians toward achieving the needed result as the elections get closer.
The event was arranged by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the JICA Alumni Association of Nigeria (JAAN).
The Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity at the INEC bemoaned how parts of the traditional media were gradually shifting to internet journalism in an effort to report breaking news.
He also bemoaned the fact that many breaking news stories were not always accurately processed and validated.
In order to truly be change agents for the growth of democracy in Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Agbrankhe, the president of JAAN, urged journalists to be fair, truthful, ethical, and inclusive in their coverage and reporting of electoral processes.